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Nickname Beamer
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News Comments > Op Ed
12. Re: Op Ed Jun 16, 2014, 12:13 Beamer
 
Nathos wrote on Jun 16, 2014, 12:01:
Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former. - Albert Einstein

I enjoy when someone uses an incorrectly attributed quote to prove stupidity.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Metaverse
23. Re: Sunday Metaverse Jun 16, 2014, 11:14 Beamer
 
The problem with push-button-to-watch is that discovery is almost impossible. You can't compare TV shows to music - with music you listen to a song. It's probably 4 minutes. You probably know if you like it in 30 seconds. And, if you like that, you can find the rest of the songs by that artist.

With TV, it's 30 minutes, or maybe an hour. You need to watch the entirety. You may need to watch 3 or 5 episodes to know if you like it.

If we move push-to-watch, the only way to find out about new shows is a major marketing push, just to assure it has that word of mouth. And, if we're like Netflix, commercials are gone, so that marketing is instead everywhere else. Right now shows mostly rely on being around other, similar shows to pick up the eyeballs it takes to get word of mouth. You can't use the Netflix shows of an example of how it works because Netflix launched, what, 1% of the new shows last year? Less than that? And had enormous marketing coverage just because it was Netflix doing it. Imagine if Netflix launched 20 new shows. And Amazon launched 20 new shows. And NBC and CBS and Fox and ABC and FX and AMC all launched their new shows this way. How many would actually get noticed?

This is basically where we end up being old shows endlessly running because new shows struggle so significantly.
And, frankly, I don't think most people want them. I sure don't. Most of the time my TV is on it's on TV, not Amazon or Netflix or some other on-demand. I use those when I want to watch something. I often don't want to watch something. I often want to watch 10 minutes of something while I eat, or I want some background noise while I play a game. On-demand is useless for this, because it will take the 10 minutes I want just to put something on. It's much more complicated then turning on the TV and leaving it on the Seinfeld episode almost definitely on, watching 10-20 minutes, then going and doing something better.

And, I'd wager, most people consume television this way. Netflix is great when there's something specific you want to watch, but kind of awful when there's nothing at all you want to watch.
 
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News Comments > OpenXcom Version 1.0
8. Re: OpenXcom Version 1.0 Jun 16, 2014, 01:32 Beamer
 
This adds so many wonderful, obvious things, plus the memorial I always wanted most, and for some dumb reason dual wielding.

I'd have killed for this two years ago, but I think the new one successfully supplanted the original for me.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Metaverse
14. Re: Sunday Metaverse Jun 15, 2014, 21:30 Beamer
 
Anyway, let's get back into this "the little channels will die!" argument.

Right now, as mentioned, ESPN forces you to buy a whole bunch of little channels. Right now, it's $65 for internet and 20 channels on Time Warner, $90 for internet, 200 channels and HBO and Cinemax.

Therefore, the value of HBO and those 180 additional channels is $25.
Let's take $10 off, which sounds reasonable for HBO and Cinemax.
You're left with $15 for 180 channels.
Big ones, like ESPN, are probably getting $5. YES, in NYC, gets $3. Let's just say the next 10 channels get $8 total.

That leaves $7 for 170 channels. Per account. Per month. There's about 90 million cable accounts in the US. Assuming they all pay the same, that's about $3.5 million per channel per month.

Let's say we go a la carte. ESPN decides it's $10 per month if you take it out of a package. Now people aren't forced to have ESPN. What may happen? Maybe someone starts a competitor for $5 per month, and it steals ESPNs market share by being cheaper. Unlikely due to ESPNs agreements, but now at least possible.

And how about those niche channels? Assuming they got that $3.5 million, let's say they now go out at $3.50 apiece. They only need 1.1% of cable subscribers to stick with them to end up even.

And how about us, as subscribers? If we want HBO (~$15), ESPN (~$10), 5 smaller channels (~$20), and internet ($35), you actually only save $10 vs the package TW has. Stack on their fees and it's probably a draw. The difference being that "package" probably expires after a year.

 
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News Comments > Sunday Metaverse
10. Re: Sunday Metaverse Jun 15, 2014, 20:51 Beamer
 
Most channels dying used to be a bad thing, when channels filled niches. They don't anymore. They've all merged together into shitty reality TV.

Sorry, I have no issue if most channels die. The average person watches probably 5, with significant overlap.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
7. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 14, 2014, 21:30 Beamer
 
xXBatmanXx wrote on Jun 14, 2014, 19:11:
(though the penalty that lead to the tying goal last night was pretty vexing).

Fixed games were very evident this year. Need only to look at any of the Wild games to see how atrocious and obvious the calls were....

There's zero chance the Stanley Cup Finals were fixed to end in five games.

Zero chance.
 
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News Comments > Female Lead Cut from Assassin's Creed: Unity
62. Re: Female Lead Cut from Assassin's Creed: Unity Jun 11, 2014, 20:15 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Jun 11, 2014, 20:14:
Yes, but Lara got famous initially because she had ginormous meat pillows. And if characters like Bayonetta aren't about sex why aren't they 40 year old fat, ugly bull dykes?

How many of the males out there played femshep just to see how many lezbo relationships they could get into? Probably most of them.

"Ginormous meat pillows."
"fat, ugly bull dykes."
"Lezbo relationships."

A true gentleman. Not at all like listening to a 14 year old on Xbox Live circa 2007.

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News Comments > Homefront 2 The Revolution Trailer
11. Re: Homefront 2 The Revolution Trailer Jun 11, 2014, 19:58 Beamer
 
Loopy wrote on Jun 11, 2014, 19:37:
Holy moly, you guys aren't kidding. Can that frame rate be chalked up to weird encoding, or was smoke coming from that console while playing?

Or, possibly, it's for the reason Blue described.
 
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News Comments > Diablo III to "Heal" Broken Achievements
13. Re: Diablo III to Jun 11, 2014, 16:59 Beamer
 
Verno wrote on Jun 11, 2014, 09:26:
They went way overboard, there are so many achievements in Diablo 3 that its kinda stupid and overwhelming. I just ignore them.

Agreed 100%. I keep getting them and don't bother looking at why. Plus, I hate achievements you get for simply doing story modes, other than maybe one for completing the whole thing.

I also don't care about achievements on platforms I'll rarely use. Battle.net achievements? When I'm done with D3 I'll uninstall it, so why do I care?

Lastly, I think XBL did this right, which is impressive considering they were basically first. Achievements tie to a number of points. Your points follow you around. Something particularly hard may be 50 points, something easy may be 10. This quantifies achievements, and makes them universal across games. Suddenly getting an achievement feels a bit more meaningful, because you have a score which is an extremely pointless and nerdy bragging right. Again, meaningless but quantifiable. And you can compare games with your friends, seeing who did more of what.
It makes me care much more about achievements, though still not much. But at least a bit. And makes achieving them feel a bit gratifying.
 
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News Comments > Alien Isolation Trailer
20. Re: Alien Isolation Trailer Jun 11, 2014, 16:28 Beamer
 
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Jun 11, 2014, 15:13:
Looks pretty decent, graphically speaking, but I guess the survival/horror genre just doesn't do it for me anymore, fun wise.

I'd much rather have a pulse rifle than spend all my time running around hiding behind grates, or whatever the final gameplay is going to amount to.

Or a full on rpg, with squads of marines and some nice tactical combat options, or something.

It seems like survival games and survival horror games are becoming almost as common as zombie games at this point.

Oh well, still probably a Steam sale buy for me.

Yeah, I wasn't able to look at the trailer until today, and didn't realize it was pure survival/horror.

I'll pass. I can't imagine a way that you playing cat-and-mouse with the Alien is fun for more than 20 minutes. To me. This just isn't my style of game. I prefer to be the hunter, and removing that (and giving me only one predator) seems like a hard thing to create sustainable gameplay.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
22. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 11, 2014, 15:09 Beamer
 
It isn't so much that fructose from fruit is better than HFCS, it's that a 20oz soda has ~65g of sugar, 55% is fructose, and a banana has 7g of fructose. That means a 20oz soda has as much fructose as 5 bananas. Or 3 apples. Or 9 cups of strawberries. Or 89 cherries.

I still say it comes down to moderation. Yeah, the problem with HFCS is that fructose isn't good for us, but it's really the amount. Americans drink, on average, nearly 45 gallons of soda per year. That's 5760oz of soda. That's the fructose equivalent of almost 1500 bananas.
 
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News Comments > Homefront 2 The Revolution Trailer
4. Re: Homefront 2 The Revolution Trailer Jun 11, 2014, 14:10 Beamer
 
Darks wrote on Jun 11, 2014, 13:27:
I personally donít understand how it went from the west coast to now the east coast. Especially when the Army was pushing the KPA back and winning. But I did like that the guy said this game is going to support 4 players Coop.

I'm not going to lie, plot is one of the last things I care about in an FPS. Few even manage to deliver it well. It's probably the genre it matters least to me.
That said, I was enthralled by Bioshock Infinite, and it wasn't due to the combat.

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
17. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 11, 2014, 13:49 Beamer
 
I bought a small, 6oz thing of some fancy Greek yogurt from Whole Foods the other day. Typically I only eat plain Faye (screw that Chobani crap) with some local honey mixed in (local, I prefer raw honey.) After eating it I looked at the nutrition facts. It had 30g of sugar. In a 6oz container. That's more sugar than a Snicker's.

Screw you, fancy Whole Foods yogurt.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
5. Re: Op Ed Jun 11, 2014, 11:19 Beamer
 
Hey guys, before we fix the problem of there being too many potholes, we have to fix the problem of there being too many massive gun murders. And before we care about that, we need to worry about people starving in other countries! Why even care about one problem when there's an entirely unrelated problem we need to think about?!  
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
10. Re: Evening Mobilization Jun 11, 2014, 02:25 Beamer
 
Jaxx wrote on Jun 11, 2014, 02:01:
The way it works is the routers themselves (dorys) will have two provisioned states. One is your private network and the other is the public wifi. Each is segmented from each other, will not see each other, and provide different IPs.

Each provisioned state has it's own bandwidth. It will NOT impact the subscribers data usage, bandwidth, etc.

To use teh public wifi, you must login with your comcast.net email address. If you have a valid account, it's free. if you do not have an active internet account, you can pay by the hour.

Yup, yup, and yup.
And, since no additional signal, no additional health effects, though it's horrifying to see people on this board claiming wifi damages you.

I don't think this will be much used, and I dislike that Comcast does it but still charges you a "rental" fee. There's one in my building now, recently added, and I don't know if it's a neighbor or some firmware pushed to mine. There's something like 180 apartments in this building, so I guess it could be either easily, but...
 
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
9. Re: Into the Black Jun 11, 2014, 01:47 Beamer
 
Yup. And Zelda had always been linear. Skyrim much less so. Maybe this will be less linear, too.  
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News Comments > It Came from E3 2014, Part 3
16. Re: It Came from E3 2014, Part 3 Jun 11, 2014, 01:18 Beamer
 
Games are as inherently male as bras and tampons are female?

Cutter has interesting political opinions. As best as I can tell, he hates everyone not him. He's liberal when he can hate rich people. He's conservative when he can hate non -white non-males.

Smart companies don't just try to convert those already in the pews, and that there aren't many women with something to add is the problem. That they weren't at E3 is the symptom.
 
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News Comments > Diablo III Patch Ditches Legendary Crafting Materials
9. Re: Diablo III Patch Ditches Legendary Crafting Materials Jun 10, 2014, 20:33 Beamer
 
I've been playing this a good amount the past few days, having purchased it over the weekend. I already have two legendary crafting materials. I'm not sure I'm playing the game right, just yet:

- I scrap everything and sell nothing. This feels right, as you get such little money from selling
- That said, I've only crafted one thing. What should I consider for crafting
- Armor # means little, right? I mean, I have a helmet that gives me 30, and another one in inventory that gives 60, which feels huge but the stats show that the benefits of the 30 outweigh that figure, so I've been sticking with the 30


I'm playing on normal. I just got to Leoric's mansion and I haven't died yet. I haven't come close to dying. The only time my health was noticeably low it was due to me standing on lava without realizing it. I'm thinking Normal is too easy, as I'm using absolutely no strategy and having absolutely no challenge.
 
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News Comments > Alien Isolation Trailer
5. Re: Alien Isolation Trailer Jun 10, 2014, 19:49 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Jun 10, 2014, 19:42:
Cmon Beam, you're killing me. I'm trying SO hard not to pick up the OR v2, and you're making that really, really difficult.

Yeah, I'm not huge on the tech, but the thought of playing an Alien game with it just seems ridiculous. I don't feel like atmosphere matters in most FPS games, but Alien?

Hell, even redoing the Marine campaign of AvP...
 
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News Comments > Alien Isolation Trailer
2. Re: Alien Isolation Trailer Jun 10, 2014, 19:02 Beamer
 
Apparently there's a demo of this on Oculus Rift, and it's terrifying.

It plays with a controller, though. I guess your head acts as one of the sticks. I don't know if it's independent, yet. It obviously needs to be. And it would make sense that, when you hit the left trigger to line up the iron sights, it does it where you're facing, but otherwise your gun and your head are independently controller, so you can be looking left and firing right.

Right?

Though I guess, if you want to be competitive multiplayer, that doesn't work. If you're really good at it you can be more deadly, but the odds of accurately shooting where you aren't looking seems nil.
 
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